Playscripts is home to some of the most popular one-act plays in the United Stats. According to the Educational Theatre Association's 2015-2016 Annual High School Play Survey, Playscripts is the publisher of 9 of the top 11 most popular one-act plays. From beloved comedies like Check Please (Over 3,000 productions and counting) to challenging dramas like Property Rites (Over 500 productions), Playscripts has a vast catalog of more than 1,000 one-acts. Begin searching for your perfect one-act play with our powerful FIND-A-PLAY search, or browse the selection below of some of our most beloved titles. And remember, Playscripts offers lengthy free samples with up to 90% of each script, absolutely free to read. Just click on the 'READ FOR FREE' button for any title. Enjoy!
10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Don Zolidis
It's the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do?
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Comedy
30 - 35 minutes
5 f, 3 m, 2 either (8-24 actors possible: 5-13 f, 3-11 m)
Check Please
Jonathan Rand
Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse -- until they do...
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Comedy
25 - 35 minutes
7 f, 7 m (4-26 actors possible: 2-13 f, 2-13 m)
Lockdown
Douglas Craven
In a dark classroom, eight students sit in an "official lockdown," not knowing if it's just a drill or an actual emergency...
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Drama
20 - 35 minutes
4 f, 4 m, 1 either (9-11 actors possible: 3-8 f, 4-8 m)
The Internet is Distract--OH LOOK A KITTEN!
Ian McWethy
Micah only has twenty minutes to finish her paper on The Great Gatsby. She just needs to check a few facts on the internet first...
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Comedy
30 - 35 minutes
5 f, 3 m, 12 either (5-18 actors possible: 5-17 f, 3-15 m)
The Other Room
Ariadne Blayde
Austin is a brilliant teenage astronomer who happens to have autism. Lily is his popular classmate who happens to have an interest in astronomy. When a chance encounter after school leads to a growing connection between them...
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Comedy/Drama
25 - 35 minutes
1 f, 5 m
Dark Road
Laura Lundgren Smith
When Greta, a young girl living in Nazi Germany, reads that the nearby women's concentration camp is hiring guards, she sees it as a chance to find her place in the world and provide for her sister Lise. But soon she learns the reality of her duties...
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Drama
40 - 45 minutes
8 f, 3 m, 1 either (9-26 actors possible: 9-20 f, 0-6 m)
Alice in Wonderland
Jason Pizzarello
A darker, more faithful version of Lewis Carroll's classic tale that reimagines the experience of Wonderland, and ends with an unexpected new twist...
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Drama/Comedy
30 - 40 minutes
9 f, 9 m, 12 either (11-38 actors possible: 5-32 f, 6-33 m)
Booby Trap
Ed Monk
In the near future, an American soldier sits in a combat zone, trapped by a land mine. As he waits to see what will happen to him, scenes from his past, present, and future unfold around him...
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Drama
30 - 35 minutes
6 f, 5 m, 6 either (11-17 actors possible: 5-12 f, 5-12 m)
Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit
Jonathan Rand
In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups...
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Comedy
35 - 45 minutes
13 f, 8 m, 27 either (12-60 actors possible: 0-60 f, 0-60 m)
I Don't Want to Talk About It
Bradley Hayward
Being a teenager is hard, and nobody wants to talk about it. Confronting the daily challenges of growing up, this series of monologues and scenes offers a look at a multitude of issues...
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Dramedy
30 - 45 minutes
5 either (5-32 actors possible: 0-32 f, 0-32 m)
Property Rites
Alan Haehnel
Kyle has invested millions in a high-tech work of art -- 15 human-figure sculptures programmed to perform thousands of movements and dialogues. But just when Kyle is about to sell the sculpture, it malfunctions...
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Drama
40 - 55 minutes
4 f, 4 m, 13 either (12-30 actors possible: 2-30 f, 2-30 m)
The Wizard of Oz
Erin Detrick
Full of ensemble possibilities, this imaginative adaptation captures the heart of L. Frank Baum's classic tale...
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Comedy/Drama
45 - 60 minutes
11 f, 5 m, 5 either (12-44 actors possible: 4-40 f, 4-40 m)
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (one-act)
Don Zolidis
Two narrators attempt to recreate all 209 of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza...
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Comedy
35 - 50 minutes
1 f, 1 m, 3 either (5-20 actors possible: 1-19 f, 1-19 m)
The Shape of the Grave
Laura Lundgren Smith
The Troubles raging through Northern Ireland cost sixteen-year-old Colleen half her family, and she sees only one way to give her loss meaning: join the bloody fight for Irish independence from Britain. It seems so simple, but the IRA's reception isn't what Colleen expects...
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Drama
35 - 40 minutes
4 f, 3 m, 8 either (9-30 actors possible: 4-15 f, 2-15 m)
SUPERHEROES
Ian McWethy
For superheroes, saving the world is tough, but the time spent away from work is tougher. The Hulk has to do taxes, and Batman goes stir-crazy without enough criminals to take down...
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Comedy
25 - 35 minutes
12 f, 11 m, 10 either (5-33 actors possible: 1-23 f, 4-31 m)
The Most Massive Woman Wins
Madeleine George
Challenging, brutal and hilarious, four women of various shapes and sizes sitting in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic explore their perceptions of body image...
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Comedy/Drama
30 - 40 minutes
4 f
Brief Interviews with Internet Cats
Patrick Greene
Interviewer Ian McWorthy has a dream line-up for tonight's episode of the World Wide Window: a litterful of felines whose internet antics have catapulted them to fame...
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Comedy
25 - 45 minutes
9 f, 7 m, 6 either (8-30 actors possible: 1-30 f, 1-30 m)
10 Reasons You Should Have Stayed Home Sick Today
E. M. Bell
Nostalgic for your high school days? Then you haven't been there lately. Take a tour of high school's everyday horrors...
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Comedy
20 - 25 minutes
10 either (5-20 actors possible: 0-20 f, 0-20 m)
Juliet and This Guy Romeo
Don Zolidis
Two rival families are at war in Verona, Wisconsin. The adults argue about politics on Facebook all night long, while the teenagers aggressively hashtag each other all day. But when a pair of teens from the different families fall so crazy in love that they start speaking in iambic pentameter...
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Comedy
25 - 35 minutes
8 f, 5 m, 3 either (13-25 actors possible: 5-15 f, 3-12 m)
Antigone Now
Melissa Cooper
In the midst of a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother. This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story...
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Drama
50 - 60 minutes
3 f, 1 m (4-11 actors possible: 2-10 f, 1-9 m)